Kelowna’s Ogopogo Swim Club set the standard for all others clubs at a meet last weekend in Merritt.
Each swimmer competed in a grueling seven individual events and two relays over the course of two days, as the Ogopogos easily won the overall title by more than 400 points.
“This was a very successful meet for us; almost every swimmer on our team swam amazingly well. I think winning this meet by such a large margin sets us up nicely for regionals, where we will prove we are the best team in the Okanagan,” said co-head coach Lucas Stringer.
Not only did the Ogos win the overall title, but also earned first-place finishes for both girls and boys teams.
While the victory was the result of a team effort, the Ogo team did have some stand out performances. For example, Div 3 girl Kennedy Dickie posted a 40.86 in the 50 breaststroke, breaking the Merritt meet record. It also ranks her second in the province for the event. Kennedy was able to secure a second place aggregate. Closely following Kennedy was teammate, Rachel Schueler, club record holder in div 3 50-fly and birthday girl, winning the bronze aggregate overall (div 3 girls). In Div 1 both Andrea Kraetzer (div 1 girls) and Flyn Huber (div 1 boys) won themselves a gold aggregate.
“I think it is great to see the team doing so well in the younger divisions. I think both these swimmers have very bright futures ahead of them” said co-head coach Greg Laughlin.
In addition to winning the gold, Flyn Huber also swam 100 per cent best times over the weekend. Teammate Kaden Zarowny was the only other swimmer to swim 100 per cent best times at the meet. Holding down the fort in div 2 girls was Rachel McInnes who, after a great swim meet, was able to win the bronze in her respective division.
Matt MacDonald (div 3 boys) had impressive swims on the weekend, finishing first in the 50 fly and earning himself a bronze aggregate.
The Ogos held strong in the older divisions with swimmers Logan Lalonde and Makenna Haight winning gold aggregates in div 4, a tremendous accomplishment given this is both swimmers first year in their respective division.
Veteran swimmers Madison Dickie and Denby Huber lead the way on the girl’s side, finishing 1-2 in the girls division 5 category, with Madison earning a gold aggregate and Denby closely following with the silver. Last but not least was senior Noah Broaderip who earned a silver aggregate in the div 6 boys category, despite only attending one day of the swim meet.